Deancooper posted a comment · Jan 12, 2019
Your argument seems to devolve into saying that there's a lot of good things in the Bible (that outweighs that bad stuff) and if you really have trouble with the "difficult passages" just check out these resources. But if there is even one truly bad thing about God, then He is not who He says He is and the Bible is a lie. So our argument can't simply be to look at all the good things in the Bible. We have to show how the "bad" things aren't truly bad. This frequently means resorting to the fact that God is a God of justice, but of course, people in our culture today don't think God's justice is good. For me then, I like to see that God is "optimizing good". You give evil a chance to repent, but if you forever leave evil be, then it will destroy far more than what is lost by their destruction -- a destruction mind you not only of the evil people, but of the innocents in their midst as well. The book of Jonah is instructive here, because God tells Jonah that He not only cares for the innocent children in Nineveh but for the innocent animals as well. He does not bring destruction lightly nor does God relish in it. He brings it when not doing so would bring more harm. And He even weeps that the destruction needed to come. He is way more good than we are, and He is always good. That is what the Bible actually teaches us.